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Trading Places [DVD] [1983]

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Writers: Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris
  • Producers: Aaron Russo, George Folsey Jr., Irwin Russo, Sam Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec. 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H28
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,380 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A highly respected businessman and a wise-cracking street bum are forced to trade places as part of a degenerate bet between two mon archs of Wall Street.

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In this crowd-pleasing 1983 comedy of high finance about a homeless con artist who becomes a Wall Street robber baron, Eddie Murphy consolidated the success of his startling debut in the previous year's 48 Hours and polished his slick-winner persona. The turnabout begins with an argument between super-rich siblings, played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche: are captains of industry, they wonder, born or made? To settle the issue, the meanies construct a cruel experiment in social Darwinism. Preppie commodities trader Dan Aykroyd (perfectly cast) is stripped of all his worldly goods and expelled from the firm, and Murphy's smelly derelict is appointed to take his place, graduating to tailored suits and a world-class harem in record time. Eventually the two men team up to teach the nasty old manipulators a lesson, cornering the market in frozen orange juice futures in the process. Director John Landis (The Blues Brothers) doesn't have the world's lightest touch, but he hits most of the jokes hard and quite a few of them pay off. Trading Places is also a landmark film for fans of Jamie Lee Curtis. --David Chute, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 2 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper has seen many incarnations from Disney to The Simpsons. But none have been as cruel (and funny) and John Landis' Trading Places, which proves just how funny Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy used to be.

Louise Winthorpe III is a spoiled, snobby managing director at the Duke & Duke commodities brokerage. Billy Ray Valentine is a poverty-stricken street hustler. Randolph Duke makes a wager with his brother Mortimer that the men can be successfully swapped . The con is on as Valentine is plucked from the streets and Winthorpe is ungraciously dumped on them. There's loads of fun watching him hit absolute rock bottom while Valentine quickly becomes spoiled and snobby himself.

Jamie Lee Curtis is the hugely-boobed hooker with a heart of gold who takes Winthorpe in while the always brilliant Denholm Elliott is Coleman, the unwilling butler caught up in the Dukes' evil plan. Once all four unravel the scam they team-up to destroy the Dukes.

Trading Places is crammed full of hilarious scenes, great dialogue, and funny cameos. Who cannot resist Eddie Murphy's foreign exchange student disguise or Ackroyd's Lionel Josef. Even the gorilla in the train is a brilliant character.

For those of you who love dark, cruel comedies Trading Places is utterly essential. It may be very 80s, but it never gets old. It's a must see and must have.

The Blu Ray looks great in 1.78:1 1080p with Dolby 5.1 sound. There are precious little interesting extras.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 23 April 2007
Format: DVD
Right from the opening credits, this film shows quality. It stands above other comedies due to the lack of filler material - every line is memorable. The cast is great; the two leads make the most of their characters (both as brokers and bums) but never overstep the mark, thanks partly to the tight editing. The plot becomes a little bizarre, but by that time you're already hooked, and the ending of the film is pure joy. To my mind, no recent comedy has been this good; it mixes high and low brow jokes without resorting to toilet humour, it doesn't pull any punches (spot the social commentary), the performances are masterful and the script achieves depth without sacrificing the one-liners or slowing the pace.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Niklas Magnusson on 21 April 2003
Format: DVD
One of the greatest comedies from the 1980's. Aykroyd plays the role of the elitist snob with perfection, and Murphy's urban mannerisms are dead on. This edition does not contain any juicy extras, but the sharp digital picture makes the movie more enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Chapman on 4 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I'm not going to review the film, no need to.

The region free transfer breaths new life into this 25 year old movie, it's sharp (but not too sharp!).

An immaculate transfer!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Stevenson VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
The film revolves around Randolph and Mortimer Duke, two incredibly rich speculators who operate on the derivatives market (when this film was made (1983) the futures market was still in its infancy, and you can learn a lot about the business from the film!)
They have a debate - not a new debate, but a thorny one nonetheless : is ability inherent in the way you are brought up (i.e. nuture), or is it inherent in your breeding (i.e. nature). They decide on a little experiment.... enter our two heroes.
Eddie Murphy plays a down and out, living on the streets, doing what he can to survive. Dan Ackroyd plays a futures broker, rich, successful, a huge house and butler, and a beautiful wife. Randolph and Mortimer decide to swap them (with the help of a unsavoury private eye named Clarence Beaks played superbly by Paul Gleason). Eddie becomes the high flying futures broker, and Dan becomes the down and out. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues!
There are many other reasons to watch this film, including superb performances from the likes of Don Ameche and the sadly departed Denholm Elliot, and of course the gorgeous Jamie Lee Curtis ensuring interest rises by revealing her assets (sorry - couldn't resist the banking pun).
PS : For those wonder how the Dukes turn out after the film, don't worry too much; watch Coming To America to see an inspired cameo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sam lowry on 27 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
This superb comedy from John Landis-(An American WereWolf in London, Blues Brothers, Into the Night), Starring Dan Ackroyd and then about to become a World Event-Eddie Murphy...
The story is quite simple, a wealthy white man is put into the position of poverty and crime and his coloured contemporay is placed into his rich/white social position...
These two are guinea pigs for a bet taken out by the Duke brothers...
The movie marked a high mark for all involved, a breakthrough for Jamie Lee Curtis(Orphelia)-finally getting away from the horror movie roles, Dan Ackroyd is the nominal lead-his Winthorpe character is the central drive of the movie, and his relationship with Billy Ray Valentine-Eddie murphy(even when not in same scene).
Murphy's star at the time was in ascendant, and for his 1st major roles(48Hrs, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop), he is Brilliant, fast, funny, and a true movie star/comedy actor.

Worth seeking out for a look at murphy/ackroyd team-up, made like a 1930s screwball(with an adult language allowance...), Landis directs a true comedy classic...
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